Why don’t we solder the ring that connects your clasp to your chain?
Most of you have heard of “The weak link in the chain”. Typically, there is a small ring (we call it a Jump Ring) which connects the end of your chain to the clasp (usually a lobster claw or spring ring). This ring is intended to be the weak link in the chain. That means it will pull open when the chain is pulled or caught on something. Yes, I know you are concerned that the chain might fall off, but if that ring was soldered closed, the chain would probably have broken somewhere else anyway (or really hurt your neck). By having this ring open, it protects the main part of the chain from stress and possible breakage. It is much less expensive to re-close or replace the Jump Ring than to fix a broken chain. Another problem occurs when soldering close to a clasp. Unless it is soldered very carefully, or laser welded, the heat from soldering can damage the metal in the spring and cause it to fail. We recommend that you check this Jump Ring on your chain periodically. If it is starting to open, bring it in for one of our Goldsmiths to close it back up for you, or replace it if necessary. While you are at it, check your whole chain over for parts that are getting thin. A bit of maintenance now may prevent the loss of a chain (and any pendants on the chain) later.
White gold rings may sometimes start to appear yellow or have a yellow tinge. The reason for this is that pure gold (24K) is yellow. There is no such thing as 24K white gold. All gold starts off yellow, then alloys are mixed with it to determine its colour. Something like mixing paint. What can happen is that the yellow gold in the ring, because it is heavier than the alloys, will start to separate from the alloy and come to the surface. The ring now looks “yellow”. Also, white gold rings are typically plated in rhodium, a white metal. When the rhodium starts to wear off, the ring may start to look yellow. Recently, advances in the development of alloys have produced new types of white gold alloy. One example is alloy containing Palladium. Although it is a more expensive alloy to use, it produces a white gold ring that does not turn yellow. Different manufactures have other processes as well. Some of these work quite well to alleviate this problem.
If your white gold ring is starting to look yellow, it can be polished and re-rhodium plated so that it will look new again.
If you have questions about jewellery, please let us know. We can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via facebook (www.facebook.com/exquisitegold), or twitter (@exquisite gold). If you are in the area, please drop by our showroom at 1094 Memorial Ave, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.